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Arky Vaughan

Arky Vaughan

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Position(s):
SS, OF, 3B, 2B
Born:
March 9, 1912
Bats:
Left
Throws:
Right
Height:
5' 10"
Weight:
175 lbs
Major League Debut:
4-17-1932 with PIT
Hall of Fame:
1985

 

Hard-hitting Arky Vaughan was among the Senior Circuit's leading hitters during the 1930s, and was considered the best shortstop in the league. He led NL shortstops in putouts in 1936, 1938, and 1939, assists in 1936, 1938, and 1939, and fielding percentage in 1940. His 1935 season, in which he batted .385, is among the best ever by a shortstop. Vaughan, an avid outdoorsman, died on August 30, 1952, near his home in California. He was fishing when a storm unexpectedly hit the area. His boat was found, but his body never was. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1985.

Team Mates of Vaughan:

Roy Campanella

Gil Hodges

Jackie Robinson

Pie Traynor

Pee Wee Reese

Dixie Walker

Lloyd Waner

Paul Waner

Rip Sewell

Larry French

Ralph Branca

Preacher Roe

Ray Kremer

Hugh Casey

Frankie Frisch

Best Season: 1935

Perhaps more than any other Hall of Famer, Vaughan had one year that stands out head and shoulders above the rest. In '35 he batted .385 at the age of 23, and was promptly anointed the next Honus Wagner. He never really delivered on that unfair promise, but he was solid. However, Johnny Pesky, Cecil Travis, and several other shortstops had very good careers too, but they didn't get the HOF nod. That has a lot to do with the huge '35 season Arky put up. Vaughan's .607 slugging percentage was nearly 100 points higher than his next best effort. Really, what Vaughan did well was hit for average and take the walk. He also hit doubles well. He wasn't known as a great fielder, but he was decent. He was the best shortstop in the NL in the 1930's, as evidenced by his nine All-Star nods. But he was not a Hall of Famer, in my opinion.

Description

Vaughan was a relatively quiet man, who was famous for his good manners and dignified manner. He was, to be cliche, a southern gentleman. Underneath however, raged the heart of a fiery competitor. A few times in his career he lost his cool and flashed his temper. Once he confronted shortstop Dick Bartell, who had criticized Vaughan in the press, and on another occasion, Vaughan left the Dodgers when he had a disagreement with the volatile Leo Durocher.

 

Nine Other Players Who Debuted in 1932

Joe Medwick

Stan Hack

Arky Vaughan

Frankie Crosetti

Rip Sewell

Johnny Murphy

Johnny Allen

Monte Pearson

Debs Garms

 

Similar Players

Buddy Myer

 

Related Players

Honus Wagner

 

Hall of Fame Voting

Year Election Votes Pct

1953 BBWAA 1 .4%

1954 BBWAA 2 .8%

1955 BBWAA 4 1.6%

1956 BBWAA 9 4.7%

1958 BBWAA 6 2.3%

1960 BBWAA 10 3.7%

1962 BBWAA 6 3.8%

1964 Run Off 6 2.7%

1964 BBWAA 17 8.5%

1966 BBWAA 36 11.9%

1967 BBWAA 46 15.8%

1967 Run Off 19 6.2%

1968 BBWAA 82 29.0%

1985 Veterans %

 

Post-Season Appearances

1947 World Series

 

Batting Feats 

June 24, 1938: Cycle...

July 19, 1939: Cycle...

 

Notes

In both 1935 and 1938, Vaughan was third in NL MVP voting... Vaughan batted .364 in seven All-Star games (1934-1935, 1937, 1939-1942) and enjoyed his finest performance in the 1941 classic, making three hits and becoming the first player to belt two homers. Despite Vaughan's heroics and four RBI, the NL lost the game on the famous ninth-inning homer by Ted Williams.

 

All-Star Selections 

1934 NL

1935 NL

1936 NL

1937 NL

1938 NL

1939 NL

1940 NL

1941 NL

1942 NL

 

Replaced

Tommy Thevenow

 

Replaced By

Vaughan missed three seasons (1944-1946 when he returned to the Dodgers in 1947, Pee Wee Reese was Brooklyn's new shortstop.

 

Best Strength as a Player

This guy was an excellent hitter. he was a much better hitter, for example, than Cal Ripken Jr. or Robin Yount.

 

Largest Weakness as a Player

He apparently had a difficult time with groundballs, and most of his errors came on muffs, rather than of the throwing variety. His throwing arm was actually quite strong.

 

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Arky Vaughan, Baseball History, Brooklyn Dodgers, Hall of Fame, Leo Durocher, Pittsburgh Pirates

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